Ford (F - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $8.44, moving -0.53% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.21% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.09%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.18%.
Coming into today, shares of the automaker had gained 2.05% in the past month. In that same time, the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector lost 0.35%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.81%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from F as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect F to post earnings of $0.26 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 39.53%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $36.53 billion, down 6.36% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $1.21 per share and revenue of $145.65 billion. These totals would mark changes of -7.26% and -1.78%, respectively, from last year.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for F should also be noted by investors. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.46% higher within the past month. F is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that F has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.03 right now. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 10.45, which means F is trading at a discount to the group.
Also, we should mention that F has a PEG ratio of 0.77. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. F's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.14 as of yesterday's close.
The Automotive - Domestic industry is part of the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 43, which puts it in the top 17% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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